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Domestic and Family Violence 2022 QLD Reforms

In a historic and groundbreaking move, on 10 May 2022 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a suite of Queensland reforms addressing domestic and family violence.   In a joint statement, The Queensland Premier and the Attorney General, Shannon Fentiman, provided an overview of the updates including:   “New laws and programs to recognise, prevent and punish coercive control … Read more

What defences do I have to an assault charge?

In Queensland, there are three types of assault charges:  Common Assault   Assault occasioning bodily harm  Serious Assault   These are serious criminal offences as all assault charges may attract a term of imprisonment.  This article focuses on two common defences to assault: Provocation and Self-defence.   Provocation  What is Provocation?   According to s268 of the Queensland Criminal … Read more

Aggravated or Serious Assault

In Queensland, there are three types of assault charges:  Common Assault   Assault occasioning bodily harm  Serious Assault   This article focuses on the second type of assault charge in Queensland, Aggravated/Serious Assault.   For more information about Common Assault, visit What is Common Assault?   Aggravated or Serious Assault  Under the Queensland Criminal Code, aggravated or serious assault … Read more

Can a traffic offence be a criminal offence?

If you’ve been charged with a traffic offence in Queensland there is a chance that this may be recorded on your criminal history. While most traffic offences are minor offences, if the traffic offence is of a serious enough nature, it may end up on your criminal history depending on various circumstances.   If you … Read more

How Do Criminal Proceedings Impact My Blue Card?

In Queensland, a blue card is required for anyone who wishes to work or volunteer with children. The regime is administered by Blue Card Services and is governed by the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000.   For industries in which a blue card is necessary for work – such as childcare, or youth … Read more

Edwards v Queensland Police Service [2021] QDC 88

The District Court of Queensland has recently allowed an appeal against sentence, finding that the learned Magistrate initially imposed a sentence which was manifestly excessive. The Magistrates Court Proceedings On 9 March 2021, Mr. Aaron Leigh Edwards (Mr. Edwards) pleaded guilty to two counts in the Magistrates Court. The first, a charge of willful damage … Read more

Three Key Changes to the QLD Criminal Code relating to Child Sexual Offences Reform

Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 The Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 was assented to by Queensland Parliament on 14 September 2020.   This article will summarise three key changes to the Criminal Code which have arisen from this amending Act. Note … Read more